Experienced D-R Boys Soccer Team Off To Strong Start

Captains: Noah Munroe (’18), Andrew Horowitz (’18).

Last year’s record: 11-9-1, beat Somerset-Berkley 3-1 in state tournament before falling to Bishop Feehan, 5-1.

Returning players: Seniors: Andrew Horowitz (Defense), Noah Munroe (D), Nate Rogers (Forward), Will Taylor (Midfield), Ryan Paulhus (D), Joey Reed (D), Terry Gilmore (D), Tyler Correia (F); Juniors: Matt Grady (M), Matt McNaughton (M), Logan Pimental (M), Peter Day (M), Brooks Menard (Goalie).

The D-R Falcons return 13 players from a squad that squeaked into the playoffs last year by finishing a game over .500. Head coach Steve Kulpa (18th season) hopes that the experience gained last season will translate into success this year.

“We have a senior heavy team with plenty of experience,” said Kulpla. “We will be going for the big division championship but have many tough opponents in a strong conference.”

With no returning South Coast Conference all-stars, the Falcons will need to gel and play as a team to make a run at a conference title.

“Our team goals are to continue to mesh as one unit and play a solid brand of competitive soccer,” said Kulpa.

The Falcons opened their 2017 season yesterday with a win over Bourne and then tried to get some revenge yesterday against the team that ended their 2016 season – Bishop Feehan. In 2016, the Shamrocks beat the Falcons 5-1. Yesterday, the Falcons fought the Shamrocks to a 2-2 tie in Attleboro.

Joey Reed and Noah Munroe scored goals for D-R in the tie.

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Daily Roundup: 9-8-17

Football

  • Case 34, Bristol-Plymouth 7. Case Rushing TD – Ty Couto 2, Chris Costa 2, Devin Proulx.
  • Ashland 34, Seekonk 0.
  • Lincoln-Sudbury 24, D-R 7. D-R Rushing TD – Drew LeBlanc.

Boys Soccer

  • Seekonk 5, Old Rochester 1. Seekonk Goals – Ethan Paiva, Rony Morales (2), Shawn Pichardo, Jared Cabral. Assists – Kam Casala, Trevor Lopez. Saves – Luke Robitaille 5.
  • Dighton-Rehoboth 2, Bishop Feehan. D-R Goals: Noah Munroe, Joey Reed. D-R Assists: Logan Pimental.
  • Case 8, Abington 0. Case Goals – Skylah Dias (2), Elijah Geldard (2), Ethan Lopes (2), Antonio Luna, Mackenzie Deschenes. Shutout – Jarrod Sutcliffe.

Girls Soccer

  • New Bedford 3, Dighton-Rehoboth 1. D-R Goals: Olivia DaSilva.

Field Hockey

  • Westport 3, Case 1. Case Goal – Courtney Jacobson. Assist – Gabby Bello.
  • Seekonk 3, Dighton-Rehoboth 2. Goals – D-R: Emma Wheeler, Kaylee Goss; Seekonk: Liza Gagnon (2), Nicole Silva. Assists – D-R: Lexi Lovell (2), Emily Reid;

Golf

  • New Bedford Voke 118, Case 112. Jake Machado led Case by shooting a 38. Ross Audet and Ben Paquette also performed well for the Cardinals.

 

Case Boys Soccer Seeks Play-off Berth

Captains: Skylah Dias (’18), Mackenzie Deschenes (’18), Elijah Geldard (’18)

Last year’s record: 4-9-3

Returning varsity players: Seniors: Skylah Dias, Mackenzie Deschenes, Aidan Mello, Elijah Geldard; Juniors: Antonio Luna, Ryan Nascimento, Zachary Carmello, Jeremy Rocha; Sophomores: Alex Amaral, Nick Paiva, Ethan Lopes.

With a roster filled with experience, Case Cardinals fourth-year boys’ soccer head coach Steve Manteiga envisions a post season berth for his squad.

“I feel we have a very good chance of finishing 500 or above 500,” said Manteiga.

The Cardinals bring back eleven players with varsity experience including two-time South Coast Conference all-star Skylah Dias.

Lofty goals are expected with this much experience and Manteiga succinctly stated the Cardinals season objectives.

“Our goals are to capture the new SCC-small title and to make the state tournament,” said Manteiga.

Their quest to make the tournament starts on Friday, September 8th when the Cardinals host Abington.

Seekonk Football Eyes Another Play-off Run

Captains: Brian Dias, Terry Smith, Shane Smith, Justin Coelho

Last year’s record: 8-3

Coach: Vernon Crawford (6th year)

Returning Players: Terry Smith QB, Shane Smith FS/WR, Justin Coelho G/LB, Ryan Riordan TE, Matt Tortolani T/DE, Brian Pires CB, Cam Sears CB, Spencer Dowty S, Brian Dias G/NG, Nathan Hicks LB

The Warriors graduated a stellar class in 2017 that led the Warriors to two thrilling overtime play-off victories before falling to eventual state champion Mashpee.

Although Seekonk brings back no league all-stars, there is plenty of reason for optimism. The offense returns mobile quarterback Terry Smith and super athletic wide receiver Shane Smith to an offense that likes to spread defenses out and pass the ball.

Last year the Warriors finished in a logjam atop the South Coast Conference-small standings and the goal is to get back there.

“We should be very competitive,” said Seekonk assistant coach Matt Brown. “We graduated quite a few seniors but our young guys are really competing every day.”

Once a team wins a share of the league title and wins a couple play-off games, it would be unreasonable to set the bar lower than that the following season.

“Our goal is to compete for the SCC championship and advance as far into playoffs as we can,” said Brown.

The Warriors kick off their season on Friday, September 8th at non-conference foe Ashland High. The Clockers are a strong program from the Tri-Valley League a year removed from an equally as impressive play-off run as the Warriors.

D-R Cross Country Racing Back to .500

Captains: Boys – Chris Estes and Sam Dubois; Girls: Megan Alves and Angelica Martins.

Last year’s record: Boys 4-3; Girls 5-2.

Returning athletes:
Boys: Sean Collins, Chris Estes , Alex Violette, Dylan Kindberg, Jason Ruta, Ben Daniello, Kyle O’Connell
Girls: Kristen Murphy, Jessica Sylaj, Angelica Martins, Mary Masterson, Maddie Masterson, Sara McNaughton, Megan Alves

The Falcons boys and girls cross country teams both finished over .500 in the South Coast Conference in 2016, but 13th year head coach Ben Pease knows the athletes have to work hard to replicate that success.

“Our team is in rebuilding mode and has worked hard over the summer in all aspects of training and conditioning,” said Pease. “We’ll be ready to do our best.”

The loss of last year’s seniors, especially Kyle Rendon on the boys’ side, leaves a void. Coach Pease recognizes that the Falcons will need to work hard to get back to over .500.

“Our goals are to train and race as a unified team and do each day’s work to the best of our ability, individually and collectively,” said Pease.

The Falcons first meet is on September 12th at Bourne against Bourne and Case.

Case Football Seeks SCC-Small Supremacy

Captains: Devin Proulx, Isaac Tucker, Ty Couto, Kyle Koehler

Last year’s record: 6-5

Returning players: Devin Proulx (QB/DB), Ty Couto (FB/LB), Chris Costa (RB/DB), Jeremy Thiboutot (RB/LB) Kyle Koehler (RB/LB), Isaac Tucker (OL/DL), Noah Casado (OL/DL), Rielly DosAnjos (OL/DL)

When one thinks about this new era Case football program the words gritty, talented and dedicated come to mind. That goes for the roster and the coaches who have helped foster a winning culture over the past few seasons.

Fourth-year head coach Anthony Palladino looks to continue to lead the Cardinals winning ways and become a mainstay at the top of the South Coast Conference – small standings.

“Our goal every year is to compete for a SCC-small title and make the playoffs,” said Palladino. “We want to become a perennial power in the area.”

The Cardinals had some razzle-dazzle ability last season with Brendan Costa under center. With Costa now playing collegiately at Bates, Devin Proulx will now slide in at quarterback and look to lead the Cardinals offensive attack.

The Case offensive backfield will be spearheaded by all-SCC selections Chris Costa and Jeremy Thiboutot.

Consistent work and performance is the message from the coaching staff.

“We need to continue build on the recent success and continue to work toward becoming a consistent program year in and year out,” said Palladino.

The Cardinals kick off the season with back-to-back non-conference games. Case will visit Bristol-Plymouth on Friday, September 8th for a 7:00PM kick-off. The Cardinals will host Diman on Friday, September 15th at 7:00PM.

Case Volleyball: Reloading, Not Rebuilding

Captains: Hailey Armburg (’18), Madyson Medeiros (’19)

Last year’s record: 26-2, D3 State Champion

Returning players: Seniors- Hailey Armburg, OH; Sara Orton, DS. Juniors- Madyson Medeiros, DS; Mikayla Bushell, OH; Rachel Davidson, OPP, MH; Jamie Travis, S; Nyah Young, S.

It will be an uphill battle for the 2017 Case Cardinals volleyball team to replicate the success that the 2016 team earned, but fourth-year head coach Michaela Goncalves plans to challenge them daily to carry on the strong Case volleyball tradition.

“We are looking to be as critical as possible with ourselves to improve a little bit every day,” said Goncalves. “We are looking to maintain confidence and composure to continue to build mental toughness.”

Case will still be considered a favorite in a very strong South Coast Conference despite graduating many contributors from the 2016 team.

“I believe we will fight hard in every match to be the best team we can be,” said Goncalves. “We lost six valuable seniors last season, but we have players who played right beside them last year who are eagerly ready to fill those spots and worked hard in the off-season to make sure they were well prepared.”

Those six valuable seniors led the Cardinals to a 2016 state title via one of the most dominant runs a team can have in the play-offs. Case won five straight games without dropping a set in the state tournament.

This year’s squad boasts a mix of newcomers and experience, led by all-state performer Hailey Armburg.

The Cardinals won their season opener yesterday over New Bedford Voke, 3-1. Sophomore Amber Arruda had a great debut with nine kills and six blocks.

“We had a slow start and were down 15-4 in the first set before eventually losing, 26-24,” said Goncalves. “Being able to come back from such a slow start showed that the team knows how to dig deep and turn even the most difficult situations around.”